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Raiders claim WR Greg Little off waivers from Browns

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The Raiders have claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers from the Cleveland Browns today.

Despite the Browns in much need of help at receiver, especially in light of the recent looming suspension to Josh Gordon, they released Greg Little last week. They had moved on from Little and signed veteran receivers Miles Austin and Earl Bennett.

There is no question Little has talent. His issue has been crucial drops at crucial times and the Browns just felt like they couldn't trust him to perform consistently.

The 6-3, 225-pound former running back was chosen in the second round of the 2011 draft. He led the team in receptions his first two seasons but while he would flash great hands and speed, he would frustrate coaches with drops.

Then there was the off the field issues.

He was drag racing and totaled his car prior to last season driving 127 mpg in a 35 mph zone. In college at North Carolina he was issued an incredible 93 parking tickets on multiple vehicles with nine different license plates.

In November, the school sent a letter of ''permanent disassociation'' to Little and other former Tar Heels football players for his role in the program receiving NCAA violations that led to criminal charges against five people for violating the state's sports agent law. Little and others were suspended in 2010 for accepting improper benefits, including cash and travel accommodations.

So, yeah, he has some baggage. And he becomes the latest signing by the Raiders new regime which is acting a bit more like the old regime with some questionable characters being brought in.

His best season came as a rookie when he caught 61 passes for 709 yards and 2 touchdowns in 12 starts. Despite starting all 16 games in his second season, his overall numbers went down (53 catches, 647 yards). His numbers went down again last season where he had 41 catches for 465 yards and 2 touchdowns.